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The effects of very-low calorie diets on HDL: a review.

Rolland, Catherine; Broom, Iain


Catherine Rolland

Iain Broom


This paper investigates the effects of very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs) used in the treatment of obesity on high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. Although the studies varied widely in their intervention format, duration, and baseline HDL levels, it would appear that HDL levels usually decrease during active weight loss using a VLCD, but these either return to pre-VLCD levels or improve overall during the weight-maintenance phase. More research needs to be done to determine optimal weight-maintenance programmes and the effects of VLCDs in the short term as well as on HDL levels in groups at increased risk of coronary heart disease.


ROLLAND, C. and BROOM, I. 2011. The effects of very-low calorie diets on HDL: a review. Cholesterol [online], 2011, article ID 306278. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 25, 2010
Online Publication Date Dec 22, 2011
Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2012
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2012
Journal Cholesterol
Print ISSN 2090-1283
Electronic ISSN 2090-1291
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2011
Article Number 306278
Keywords Internal Medicine; Organic Chemistry; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Hematology
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